We adore how buttons tell the stories of their times. Victorians were obsessed with the natural sciences. Attending museums, botanical gardens, and scientific exhibitions with nature exhibits was a popular pastime.
The Industrial Revolution triggered migration from the country to cities in the 19th century which caused people to fetishize nature. It's not surprising that birds are the most popular motif depicted in Victorian-era buttons after flowers. The variety of feathered creatures pictured on antique buttons from this era is genuinely astonishing.
Read more: The Feathered Victorian Obsession, Buttonology Blog.
In this lovely bracelet, three birds of a feather flock together on three graceful antique picture buttons. The first one features a stylized trio of swallows, the second depicts a flying bird in domed relief, and the third a Japanese-inspired flying crane.
In this piece:
- Three tinted brass buttons of flying birds, circa 1880-1890
- Three brass-plated pewter settings cast today in the USA
- Antiqued brass and enamel chains
- Length is 7 ¼” to 8 ½”
Shop Collection: Limited Edition